25 Killer Christmas Gifts for your Girlfriend

25 Killer Christmas Gifts for your gifrlfriend

Don’t stress about your Christmas shopping this year, this is the perfect gift giving guide if your girlfriend is a wannabe fashionista who loves beauty products and loves to cook! Let me know how it goes!!


I absolutely love subscriptions! It’s like getting a free gift in the mail every single month

Birchbox – $10 a month

Birchbox is the OG giftbox. It’s a sampler box that arrives every month filled with about five beauty different products. I’ve been subscribing for about a year and I’ve gone on to buy full sized versions of many products I love. It’s awesome because you get a sampling of expensive skincare products that you can try out for a month. Included are lip balms, dry shampoos, pore minimizers, sunscreens, all kinds of stuff. Get her a six month subscription!


Ipsy – $10 a month

Ipsy is more of a makeup focused giftbox, created by a collection of Youtube beauty stars. Also included in every month’s subscription is a brand new makeup bag.


Shoedazzle – $40 a month

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A few of my favorite Shoedazzle shoes that I own

Shoedazzle is the perfect gift for every shoe obsessed fashionista in your life. A VIP membership is just $40 a month (most shoes are priced at about $40) and shoes are approx 50% off with the first purchase. There are also very frequent sales heavily discounted sales. The shoes are very on trend and very high quality, worth more than $40. Another perk is that Gwen Stefani designs a great line just for Shoedazzle



Selfie Stick – $14.99

For the most self obsessed selfie queen in your life. No more straining to take photos of herself!


Selfie Stick @ Amazon.com


The Complete Gillian Flynn Collection: Gone Girl, Dark Places,

Sharp Objects – $25.80

You’ve taken your girl to see the movie Gone Girl by David Fincher right? It was my favorite movie of the year, dark and clever. I read Flynn’s Gone Girl book in one sitting, it was SO addictive and I did the same with her other two earlier novels. All her books are dark but imaginative and different, reading them in a row they didnt get the slightest bit stale. Can’t wait for her to come out with a new novel!


The Complete Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects



Cookbooks – $20-ish

If your girl loves to cook, she will love any of these beautifully photographed cookbooks for her library. I have a massive collection of cookbooks and I can never have enough

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Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes – $20.47
Dominique Ansel is the mastermind behind the Cronut craze that spawned 8 hour lines at his bakery in New York. He has many other innovative desserts, they call him the “Willa Wonka of NYC”

Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi – $21
– The third cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi is famous for his masterful vegetable creations and his previous two cookbooks have been bestsellers. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians

The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food-$23.40
A cookbook from the famous San Francisco restaurant of classic Vietnamese recipes with a modern twist by chef Charles Phan

Momofuku – $27.19
The Momofuku cookbook is older than the others but to me its a classic. I’ve cooked many of the recipes in the book, using his Roasted Onions recipe in everything from burgers to Hawaiian potato salad to his recipe for Ssam

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck – $14.61
From the blog by the same name, huge controversy was created when the anonymous writers of the blog revealed that they were actually white. Arguments around the topic of racial politics and appropriation ensued. Controversy or not, the recipes are fun and manly — get it for your girl so that she’ll make these recipes for you!


Run Devil Run Tshirt – $22.99

For the KPOP lover in your life who is also a bit BAD-ASS

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Buffmonster Print – $59.50

For the artsy Kawaii girl in your life, pick her up a print from one of my favorite street artists, I regret not picking up his exclusive print for the Hello Kitty exhibition at The Japanese American Museum — now you can’t purchase it anywhere at all.


I love me some Agent Provocateur but it is scarily overpriced. Fragile Pony is an awesome, handmade substitute and much more affordable. This is really a gift for you, disguised as a gift for your girl! I love to dress up to spice things up and most girls do also!

Cake Frame Bra – $45

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Gyaru Chained Play Set – $75

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Urban Decay Naked- $54

I received the Naked 2 set in different shades of brown several years ago. I only apply eyeshadow when going out, so this palette will probably last me for another five years! I don’t need any other eyeshadows at all, this set covers every brown shade that I need



Forever 21 Faux Fur Jackets – $27-$54

Faux fur jackets are huge this winter. These Forever 21 jackets are so affordable that you could pick up all three for her!

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Striped Faux Fur Jacket – $27.93 (on- sale!)

Paneled Faux Fur Jacket – $45.43 (on sale!)

Luxe Faux Fur Jacket $54.80

For Love and Lemons Dresses

For Love and Lemons is one of my favorite brands at the moment, starting out as a lingerie line and now expanding into lingerie inspired dresses that stop traffic. They cost more than a girl might want to spend on herself so they are a perfect splurge for a Christmas gift

Cheater Tip – you can find similar dresses at a fraction of the price ($31.69!!!!! at SheInside – you just gotta do a little digging :)

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Antigua Maxi Dress – $288 and Antigua Mini Dress – $228

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer – $299.99

The Renassaince Man got me this last year and I absolutely love it! It comes in a whole rainbow array of colors also – obviously the best color is hot pink!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Creme de la mer – $169.99

Some call this a miracle cream, $169 gets you about 1 oz, but used sparingly it lasted me a whole year – gives the skin a youthful radiance and glow


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Kitten – $100

If I didn’t already have Kitty and Mr. Cat (Renaissance Man’s cat) I would absolutely love to get a little baby kitten for Christmas! Cats are the best pets ever, super affectionate, very loyal, and so so low maintenance. Bonus points for saving a kitten from extermination at the pound!  Here’s a baby photo of my Kitty





Tropical Vacation – $2000

Groupon has these amazing vacation deals. $2000 sounds like a lot, but this is for a five day – luxury hotel stay for two people, roundtrip airfare. The Hard Rock Riviera Maya. Gratuities are also included and you receive a $1800 resort credit towards massages, tours and dinners. My band Nylon Pink played at the Hard Rock in Penang Malaysia and it was a dream vacation staying there. If Thailand is not your top choice, there is a huge selection of destinations to choose from



Louis Vuitton x Christian Louboutin Shopping Tote
$5,150 at Louis Vuitton Boutiques

Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin collaboration – need I say more?


2015 Lexus NX – $39,000 at the Lexus Dealership

I absolutely love Lexus’ new crossover NX, a smaller, sportier version of the RX. I am totally loyal to the Lexus brand, I drove my last RX to the ground, over 180K miles and it probably would’ve lasted me another ten years. Poor little car, it held up over the countless dings and car crashes that I subjected it to (I am the stereotypical Asian female driver)


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Kaila Yu in She Inside and Shoedazzle

I took this dress to Costa Rica, it worked nicely in the tropical night heat. My Renaissance Man liked it a lot!

She Inside dress & Shoedazzle stilettos

Photography by: CB4TOS aka Poetic Sky

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

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Taiwanese beef noodle soup is a beloved classic. Perfect for the wintertime and as a substitute for chicken noodle soup when you have a cold, its a hearty, heart warming dish. This was one of my first test dishes to help me on my goal: HOW DO I MAKE MY BOYFRIEND A FOODIE

My boyfriend J liked this recipe ok but he wasn’t head over heels for it. I thought it was perfectly delicious but perhaps the flavors were too foreign to him or maybe its because I used the wrong noodle. I would cook this recipe again but not for J!

I used the recipe from EPICURIOUS and added some tweaks

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Waters not pictured here but go ahead and bring water, soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, ginger, white parts of scallion, garlic, star anise, and red pepper flakes to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart pot, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

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Brown your meat over high heat – a lot of recipes leave this out but it is important to sear the meat in order to lock in the flavors and more importantly, to give your meat a yummy looking brown coat! 2-3 minutes a side should do, eyeball it when it looks nice and browned like pictured

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Add short ribs to the pot and gently simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until meat is very tender but not falling apart, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours.

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Let meat stand in cooking liquid, uncovered, 1 hour.


Transfer meat to a cutting board with tongs and discard bones and membranes, then cut meat across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Try not to eat it all at this point, its meltingly, fall off the bone delicious at this point! I also added some red pepper for taste and looks. For my picky bf I added spinach, a vegetable that he loves. Skim fat from cooking liquid and transfer liquid to a 3-quart saucepan. Add chicken broth and meat and reheat soup over moderately low heat.

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Meanwhile, cook noodles in a 6- to 8-quart pot of (unsalted) boiling water until tender, about 7 minutes . I used the noodle pictured above but I dont recommend it, it was a little gummy? I would love feedback on your favorite brand of recommended noodle for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.  Drain noodles well in a colander and divide among 4 large soup bowls.


Aren’t the colors pretty?? Ladle broth over noodles and top with meat, scallion greens, spinach, and red chile (if using).

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Servings: 4

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 4 1/2 hours


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup Chinese rice wine or medium-dry Sherry
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 bunch scallions, white parts smashed with flat side of a large knife and green parts chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 pounds meaty beef short ribs
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 ounces)
  • 10 ounces dried Chinese wheat noodles
  • 1 (4-inch-long) fresh red chile (optional), thinly sliced


Bring water, soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, ginger, white parts of scallion, garlic, cilantro stems, tangerine peel, star anise, and red pepper flakes to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart pot, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add short ribs and gently simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until meat is very tender but not falling apart, 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours. Let meat stand in cooking liquid, uncovered, 1 hour.

Transfer meat to a cutting board with tongs and discard bones and membranes, then cut meat across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. 3Pour beef broth through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl and discard solids. Skim fat from cooking liquid and transfer liquid to a 3-quart saucepan. Add chicken broth and meat and reheat soup over moderately low heat.

Meanwhile, cook noodles in a 6- to 8-quart pot of (unsalted) boiling water until tender. Drain noodles well in a colander and divide among 4 large soup bowls.

Ladle broth over noodles and top with meat, scallion greens, spinach, and red chile (if using).

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How do I make my boyfriend a Foodie?

I love my boyfriend but our eating synergy is way off. He grew up all American, eating hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, faux Mexican food (Taco Bell!) and Shake and Bake. I grew up Asian American, specifically Taiwanese  — which means that I am a HUGE foodie who will eat practically everything and am open to trying almost anything.

He loves sandwiches, and things all mushed together in one bite. Exhibit A: burritos, pizzas and sandwiches. I love everything separated: Exhibit B: bento boxes, dim sum and tapas.

At least we both love Sushi. And by sushi I mean real sushi, meaning sashimi and such. We both dislike fake sushi: those monstrous over stuffed and overly glazed and fried sushi rolls.  Btw rolls were 100% absent from all menus when we visited Tokyo last year.

I complained to my girl friend about this issue and she said if you can’t get over this minor issue, good luck with navigating the rest of the “real issues” which come with any relationship. But I am stopping to protest that IT IS A HUGE DEAL! I am a huge foodie and I want to share my love of food with my boyfriend!

I’ve compromised! We rarely go out to eat so I do all the home cooking — pot roasts, steaks, pastas  — I’ve gained ten lbs in the past year! I throw in an Asian meal every three days or so but I can tell that he is just humoring me by eating the meal, not lavishing praise on the meal like on the other days when I make a pot roast or taco.

He jokes about the “sketchy Asian food” that I love to eat.  ??? Everyone knows that Asian food is the superior cuisine of the world! Just listen to  the vast list of food experts who rave about it: Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmerman and the Pulitzer Prize nominated Jonathan Gold just to name a few!

My plan is to ease him into loving Asian food by starting off with fusion foods and some of the most popular, well loved and cross cultural dishes and track his progress and feedback. I’ll need YOUR help too! Any help, suggestions, and ideas are welcomed!

Brief history of the Import Model

A brief history of the Import Model – according to me.

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My definition of a “name” model is one that was or is a household name amongst Asian Americans in their teens and twenties. This is an extremely brief history (approx. twenty years) because I am not up to date on who the current Asian pin-up models are. This history starts in the 1990s because Sung Hi Lee was the first name Asian model. While I was growing up, there was only Sung-Hi Lee. I’m glad to see that there are many famous Asian faces in the pin-up/import world and in film/tv and fashion. I am disappointed to see that there are still currently not any household name Asian female singers. Maybe Nylon Pink or CL from 2NE1 can be the first!

What is an import model? – Basically it’s a model who models at car shows and in the automotive industry. Some say that any girl who poses next to a car is an import model. For me the definition of any kind of professional model is one who makes a living and pays her bills modeling and has numerous printed publication credits.


Although she was never an import model, Sung-Hi Lee must be mentioned. Sung-Hi Lee was the hugest pin-up Asian model in the world while I was in high school and college, I was obsessed with her! I still think that she has the most flawless look – it was my dream to be her. She later went on to pursue a pretty successful acting career



Here’s a picture of us together! She featured me on her website early on in my career — I remember that she personally left me a voicemail after I submitted my photos to her website and I replayed it for my boyfriend at the time who was also a fan of hers. We were both super impressed, she was like an icon in those days and she was the only Asian model who mattered at all.


Her webmaster, Misha – the best pin-up webmaster at the time took my website on and my career catapulted! Here’s a photo from one of my first sets shot for Sung-Hi’s site



The first import model that I was ever aware of was Daphne. To be honest I didn’t think that she was that pretty, mostly because she had short hair but all the guys at my college had her poster up on their walls. (If you have a photo of her please send it to me for posting!)


The Remix Twins were the big Asian models in the scene, one was definitely prettier than the other! They were on the premiere issue of Import Tuner, debuting in 1998

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First generation import models:

The first import models to really make a name in the Import World were Francine Dee and Sasha Singleton.

Back then everyone posed for Playboy which has changed a lot, the import models today don’t pose for Playboy as much but it seems that they all go go dance!


Francine Dee is probably my favorite import model of all time – her face is flawlessly beautiful on top of the her famed double Ds. On top of that she’s always been so sweet! She always made an effort to reach out to me and I always heard that she was kind to other models: one time while modeling for a show in Hawaii, she invited me down to her suite for breakfast. Another time she invited me over to spend the night and ride to the airport together



I labeled her photo THEN and NOW, because she looks EXACTLY the same is she did ten years ago!

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Sasha Singleton was the first ever Miss Hot Import Nights – I remember that I went to my first car show and the line for her autographs was around the block. Sasha is one of the only first generation models who also go-go danced







Natasha Yi first came out in Playboy and quickly became an icon in the Import World. She currently hosts a popular Youtube channel with her husband who is a famous radio disc jockey

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My Import Tuner Cover

This was my first magazine cover ever and it was SO exciting to be on the newsstands. Getting the Import Tuner cover back then was a big deal

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Aiko was and still is my ultimate #1 import bestie

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We had a cameo in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift together

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Now shes a super amazing comic and you need to go check her out ASAP! Aiko’s Official Website

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The import model to achieve the most mainstream level of success was Tila Tequila. Tila started the trend of all the blonde Asians, she was pretty much the first model to showcase this look, this look has now proliferated amongst all the currentlt blonde Asian Fashion Bloggers. She had great style but most importantly she had a personality and a huge amount of charisma, something most of the other models didnt have. She became the number one user on Myspace, went on to have her own dating show on MTV and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Not so nice though, although we’ve traveled together several times, after her Myspace fame she wouldn’t bother to say hello to me if I saw her out at events.

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Second generation import models:


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Definitely one of the first and top second generation Import Models, she recently stepped down from modeling to focus on her family life.

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When my band Nylon Pink played our first show in Australia, Christine Mendoza was one of the go go dancers with the extremely beautiful Justine Jaro



Lucky Jeri Lee! 2nd generation Import Tuner covers were 100% more awesome than those of my generation. She is a fan of the Harajuku Japanese style — (like me) and is actually really passionate about modeling – taking an extra effort to craft especially well-styled shoots! I would consider her the #1 second generation model – she also go-go dances all over the world.



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I haven’t been keeping up so I am not entirely sure who the top import models are currently. I do know that the Fast and Furious movies killed off the industry for a period of time, somehow the popularity of the movies killed the cult following of the car shows, making the scene way too mainstream. Was Import Tuner eventually killed for this reason also? I’m sad to see that Tuner is no longer in print! Hot Import Nights is back in business now taken over by the original maven of the scene Mike Munar so the scene should be making a big comeback!

What’s great to see is that Asian women are making a huge impact on the fashion industry these days. All over Instagram are huge social media influencers/models. The #1 Youtube beauty influencer is Michelle Phan with 7 million subscribers. I am fans of Asian Instagram stars: Feral Creature and Chriselle Lim- both with huge social media followings.  It’s less about the import models today because Asian females are influencers over many more platforms these days. Progress!

Navajo Winter

I hate the winter weather but I do love the multitude of faux fur coats that are in style this season. This jacket was actually a part of one of J Valentine’s Halloween costumes but it works great as a fall coat. We are loving Rochelle Carino’s line also!

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Kaila is wearing: Rochelle Carino mesh shirt and shorts, Shoedazzle shoes, ROJAS bandeau, Philippe Audibert necklace, and J Valentine jacket

Photography by CB4TOS


How to get Kim Kardashian’s Booty!

Its been decided. My bff and I will be heading to Columbia next year to get butt implants. Apparently butt implants there are are de rigueur . All this time I thought those sexy Brazilian models naturally had perfect booties?? — forgetting that Brazil (and Columbia too?) is the plastic surgery capital of the world.

Asians just aren’t blessed with booty. Exhibit A, Hyun-A – who I absolutely adore – shaking her non-existent Asian booty


Compared to JLO and Iggy Izalea’s BOOTY video:



Props to J-LO for her amazing ass.  I believe that it’s all natural and its her ass that started this huge booty trend. As for Iggy Azalea as an artist, I do like her as an artist, however I think that it’s unconscionable for her to lie about her booty being real when it is obviously fake – giving normal girls an impossible ideal to look up to. Just tell the truth!! There’s nothing wrong with having a fake booty. No amount of squats is going to make your behind grow one thousand percent and not only grow bigger but wider.

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Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian also deny butt implants of any kind





It’s just frustrating because just a generation or two ago, big butts were not a particularly desirable thing but now because of the rise of entertainers such as Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian and Iggy Azalea huge oversized butts are a requirement! With all our entertainers getting ridiculously large butt implants and then lying about it where do the girls go with this impossible to attain ideal?T here’s nothing wrong with plastic surgery, why not just come clean? I’ve had breast implants – why is there so much shame and lying about plastic surgery?

I myself just have a litty bitty asian butt — I’ve been trying squats – but I really don’t think its doing that much!


So I’ve been researching butt implants

Before and after butt photos, wow!

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Photo Credit: Dr. Ryan Stanton

Basically I have two major options to try to achieve this look. Butt implants vs Brazilian Butt Lift (fat injections). It seems that the Brazilian Butt Lift is ideal since you have to use your own fat and would get liposuction at the same time. However I’m pretty thin so butt implants are probably the more realistic option.

Average cost of butt implants in the US: $8,050, South America: $4000, Thailand: $4700

Brazilian Butt Lift: Average Price: $6,675, South America: $3000 in South America, Thailand: $1700 ??? Why so cheap!

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Oh well, I’m easily brainwashed…….I want a big fake booty too!!

Do you have butt implants or injections? Would love to hear about your experience!

Guys what do you think of fake booty’s?

Styled by Kaila: Greek Goddess

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Yuki is wearing: Rochelle Carino skirt and jacket, Shoedazzle shoes, ROJAS bandeau

Photography by CB4TOS

Styled by Kaila: Punk Princess

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Kiki is wearing: Rochelle Carino skirt and jacket, Shoedazzle shoes, ROJAS bandeau

Photography by CB4TOS